Saturday, February 18, 1:00 p.m.
Paula Woods signs Strange Bedfellows
Characters in noir novels have it rough. Hell, even the guy the movies always call "Second Man In Restaurant" gets it. Mowed down in a hail of bullets, glass shattering and patrons screaming. Blood. Blood everywhere.
And the main characters. Jesus. Family brutally murdered. Haunted by nightmares. Your buddies get hauled up on charges and, invariably, some past dirty deed comes back from the grave to haunt you. Don't even try dating, because you know it just won't work out. And there's the drinking. Always drinking. Rough life in the pages of a novel.
But it sure is fun to read, ain't it?
I don't know about the drinking angle, but it sounds like Paula Woods latest fits the bill nicely.
In this newest L.A. noir novel from Macavity-award-winner Paula Woods, L.A.P.D. homicide detective Charlotte Justice returns to an investigation she once had to leave behind. Thirteen years earlier CharlotteÂs husband and child were murdered in their own driveway. Now, Charlotte is on the edge again, haunted by bloody memories, a violent incident involving a fellow officer, and a cold case that turns red hot. This is a fast-paced gripping entry in an authentic series you should be reading - come meet the delightful author.
See what I mean? Rough.
Saturday, February 18, 2:30 p.m.
Steve Hockensmith signs Holmes On The Range
Okay, cheesy title aside, I'm actually kind of digging this one. See, here's the setup. There's these two cowboys. Brothers, not gay lovers. Who ever would have thought I'd have to qualify that? What's next, gay astronauts? Gay mailmen? I hear somebody's doing a movie of Frank Miller's Spartan epic 300, so I'm sure you'll be able to find lots of manly bonding and whatnot going on in it. It's the gay year in movie making, apparently.
But no gay cowboys here. So there's these two cowboys (BROTHERS), Big Red and Old Red (let's just ignore that, shall we?). And they really like Sherlock Holmes. Not, you know, that way. Remember NOT gay cowboys. So, anyway, they use their deductive reasoning skills inspired by the great detective to solve mysteries while they drive herds of cattle across the range, chaps flapping in the wind.
Okay, that sounded dirty.
Look, just check out the guy's website and read the short story that introduces the characters. It's really good.
And it's not about gay cowboys.
The Mystery Bookstore
Saturday, February 18, 11:30 a.m.
Paul Levine signs The Deep Blue Alibi
The second in the Solomon and Lord series, which I've heard some really good things about. And this one sounds like fun.
A dying real estate developer crashes his speedboat onto a crowded beach. The speedboat is home to a man with a spear in his chest, and lobsters with hundred-dollar bills in their claws. The firm of Solomon and Lord must prove the magnateÂs innocence while facing off against Conrad-quoting barge owners, well-endowed cliff divers, and parrothead sheriffs.
I've heard this described as Moonlighting but with lawyers.
Saturday, February 18, 12:30 p.m.
Steve Hockensmith signs
Hey! More NOT gay cowboys. Who solve mysteries. I bet they could kick the shit out of the Hardy Boys.
Saturday, Feb 18, We Assume Some Time During The Day
Yep, you guessed it. Steve Hockensmith shows up to informally sign "Holmes on the Range". I'm thinking "informally" means that they have no idea when he'll get there. And considering he's coming up through West L.A. and then into Thousand Oaks, it's a pretty good bet he'll hit Pasadena some time around 2016. (Ha! Traffic joke! Yeah, I'm all hip and L.A. and shit... okay, not really)